I graduated from law school in May, turned 25 in June, and took the bar examination (New Jersey -- a real one) on July 28 and 29.
On September 7, 1976, your humble and obedient servant reported as instructed at 9:00 a.m. to the headquarters building
of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to begin work as a trial attorney.
With the exception of a short gap of less than two years, I've been here ever since.
Calendar 1977 was my first year of full-time employment. The Government of the United States of America paid me gross income of $18,244.80. I paid federal income tax of $2,700, District of Columbia income tax was $990.